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The Latest News regarding HarBUG!

Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new HarBUG website.

Have a look and try out the new site.

We also have a new Twitter site and Facebook page

Any new post on the website will create an email to all our members, a tweet on Twitter and a notice on our Facebook page. Also a topic will be created in the ‘latest news’ forum.

Members can also create topics in the forums. For each new topic an email will be sent to members. Members can then reply and/or subscribe to the topic if they want to notification of any replies.

Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge 2012


The Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge starts on 17 September and we’d like to get as many Harwell Campus organisations to take part. Check if your organisation has signed up (AEA, RAL and Diamond already have). If not see if you can register your organisation and get as many people cycling as possible.


Can a Campus based organisation win their class?


If you haven’t cycled for years, don’t worry! Journey times from as little as 10 minutes qualify and you can ride anywhere, anytime – on an evening or at the weekend.


The Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition where we’re competing against other local businesses to see which workplace and departments can get the most staff to try cycling. There are a host of exiting prizes that are being given away over the 3 week competition for those who give it a go.


Get involved, it takes just 2 minutes to register. Go to, click Register, then select ‘ADD ORGANISATION NAME’, your department and enter your details.


You just need to ride a bike for 10 minutes and record it online to be entered into the draw for some great prizes – shopping vouchers, a hot air balloon ride, bike shop vouchers and more! See all prizes here.


Plus, if you ride a bike for the first time in a year or encourage someone else to you can automatically win a Vue cinema ticket. They’re giving away 150 tickets!


Give it a go and help your organisation and the Harwell Campus pedal to victory! 

County Rights of Way Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council are running a consultation about the use and satisfaction of Oxfordshire’s countryside and public rights of way.

A lot of cycle routes use public rights of way so it is the interest of local cycling to respond to the consultation, which is in the form of an online poll.

The consultation runs until 30th September and be found by following the following link:

Science Vale Bike to Work Day 2012


We wil be joining in the Science Vale Bike to Work day during national Bike Week on Tuesday 19th June.

The Bike to Work day is being run in conjunction with Milton Park BUG and Culham BUG.


We will be running group rides to the campus from the main towns with a free breakfast, for anybody who cycles to work on the day, which will be served at the Harwell Pavilion from 07:30 to 09:00.

The group rides are ideal for cyclists who have never cycled to work before, the pace is relaxed and it gives new cycle commuters the chance to discover the routes and ask questions from experienced cyclists.

Details of the group rides are:

Abingdon; meet at Old County Hall and depart at 07:45. Harwell cyclists will ride with Milton Park cyclists down to Milton Park and then onto the Harwell Oxford Campus.

Didcot; meet at Didcot Parkway and depart at 07:50 (allow for Reading and Oxford trains to arrive).

Grove; meet at Millbrook Square and depart at 07:30.

Wantage; meet at The Lord Nelson pub and depart at 07:45 with Grove cyclists.

If you are cycling in on Bike to Work day but are not joining one of the group rides, please call in at the Harwell Pavilion and say hello.

Route 44 Closure Across Campus

In order to facilitate some works being carried out by RSRL, Sustrans route 44 will be closed along the stretch that runs along the top of the Campus.

The closure is from the 14th May 2012 for about 6 months. A diversion has been sign posted which takes you down Curie Avenue.

Please click on link to download a plan of the diversion: Route 44 Closure plan

Please click on link to see a copy of the closure notice: HARWELL, Bridleway 19, NOTICE, May 2012

Sustainable Transport Bid Update

Oxfordshire County Council have had their bid for the Sustainable Transport Fund rejected. This is a setback for plans of a Science Vale Cycle Network. The plans have not been scrapped and the council will be seeking alternative funding, however this will most likely mean longer timescales for improvements and new infrastructure. HarBUG intends to keep the plans alive and in the forefront when transport funding is discussed and allocated.

Route 44 Upgrade

In May 2011 Sustrans route 44, which runs from Didcot to Wantage via the Harwell Campus, was upgraded to the West of the Harwell Campus, in the Wantage direction.

New drainage pipes have been laid and the route re-surfaced on the stretches that were badly rutted and damaged.

HarBUG was instrumental in facilitating the work which was carried out by Oxfordshire Countryside Services. The repairs were jointly funded by Goodman, on behalf of the Harwell Campus, and Oxfordshire Countryside Services.

At the same time the Hendred Estate cut back vegetation and overhanging trees and erected new fencing.